Source: Today Newspaper - All is set for the Talensi by-election today.
And all the eight candidates representing the various political parties are keen to win the seat having fervently campaigned in the past few weeks.
But one thing which has been obvious as at Sunday, July 5, 2015 which Today can confirm was that the candidate for the Progressive People’s Party, Joseph Toatoba, was poised to cause a major upset today.
Indeed this paper has observed that it would not be the usual contest between the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
That, Today gathered, was as the result of the presence of the 2012 flag-bearer of the PPP, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, in Talensi after touring some towns to canvass for votes for the party’s candidate.
The Nduom factor, Today further observed, was the magic wand for Mr. Toatoba as majority of the constituents instantly bought into his message of teaching them “how to catch fish” when elected as their Member of Parliament (MP) at the close of polls today.
Some supporters and non-supporters of the PPP who spoke to this reporter could not believe their eyes, the massive support which was being enjoyed by the PPP in Talensi.
“In fact what we are witnessing today (referring to Sunday, July 5, 20150) looks like the headquarters of the PPP has been moved temporarily to Talensi,” Baba Musa who claimed he is an NDC member told this reporter.
In his opinion if not the way politics is done in the country, the PPP should have been the party in power and not the NDC or the NPP.
That, he claimed, was because of the impeccable lifestyle of its 2012 flag-bearer, Dr. Nduom, which he has shown all these years both in his public and private lives.
Others too were of the view that the PPP’s candidate who is also a banker has an unblemished character that makes him stand tall among all the candidates contesting the by-election.
Describing him as a “home boy,” the constituents asserted that his rich political background was an added advantage.
They disclosed that Mr. Toatoba comes from the two most popular communities in the area and for that matter would serve the interest of the people well.
The paper further observed that the PPP candidate speaks Frafra and impeccable Fanti and Twi.
His kind of MP in the future, the people indicated, would represent the face of politics in Talensi having come from a political tradition that has no deception tag.
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